Well, I take a few brief days off and come back to THIS!
“Donald Trump Apology Caps Day of Outrage Over Lewd Tape!”
“Donald Trump, Groper-in-Chief”
And several e-mails and Facebook messages asking why I was on hiatus with all this going on. Sheesh … couldn’t the man have behaved himself for one lousy weekend? That, by the way, is a rhetorical question that requires no answer.
Okay … here it is … the good, the bad, and the ugly. I will not quote here from the video, as it is offensive beyond belief, but for any who have not yet seen it, here is a link to both the video and the written transcript:
This should not come as any great surprise. It merely proves, yet again, what I have said all along: Donald Trump is a sexist, a misogynist, a chauvinist, a narcissist, a bully, a pervert, and not particularly intelligent, despite his claims to the contrary. He is not a kind man, not a smart man, and any who cannot see that, must certainly be wearing very thick blinders. Trump, of course, immediately issued an “apology” of his usual type, the non-apology that means nothing more than “I’m sorry I got caught”. The New York Times appropriately referred to it as “The Apology that Wasn’t”. Links to the “apology” video and transcript:
So, what does this all mean? The nation, men and women alike, was upended by the release of this video. Almost everyone was offended, even the most devoted trumpeters. But, by Sunday, some were to rally, finding excuses for his brash behaviour, and forgiveness in their hearts. Maybe. Or perhaps they were simply determined not to acknowledge that they could have been so wrong about him. I am not a trumpeter, so I have no idea what is going through their fuzzy little minds. The meme shown here was posted by a friend (female) whose only comment was “At least Trump loves America”. WHAT???
The GOP is now looking very much like a ragged old dog chasing its tail, not knowing which direction to take. Or perhaps a rabid dog, leaving a trail of foamy drool in its wake. Although I rarely agree with the Republican views on virtually anything these days, I admit that most within the party are decent people, people with ‘moral turpitude’, people who ascribe to a certain set of values, and those values have been blown to smithereens by Trump. All that aside, the party is in a quandary. If they withdraw their support, as many Congressmen and Governors did over the weekend, it further defines the splinters that began a year ago. However, to continue to support this pervert may very well cost them a number of congressional seats in the down ballot. Senator Paul Ryan announced that he will no longer campaign with Trump and would no longer defend him. He did, however, stop short of rescinding his endorsement. Mitch McConnell echoed Ryan’s sentiments, but also did not withdraw his endorsement.
I said quite some time ago that Trump’s self-destructive antics would escalate as we moved closer to election day. The video is from 2005, so it cannot technically be considered a ‘current antic’, however his response is, and I do think this could be the beginning of the end for the Trump campaign. Some in the GOP even called for Trump to withdraw from the election and let Pence step into the role, but Trump refused. His own campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was struggling to defend him:
In a post-debate interview, Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said she would stick with the Trump campaign “until the bitter end, unless,” then paused.
In the interview, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews immediately asked “unless what?” Conway whispered “who knows?” then said, “I’m sitting here as his campaign manager.”
Trump has “vowed revenge” against those in the GOP who are distancing themselves from him. According to Steven Crowley, writing for the New York Times …
The Republican Party was at the brink of civil war on Sunday as Donald J. Trump signaled he would retaliate against lawmakers who withdraw their support from his campaign, and senior party leaders privately acknowledged that they now feared losing control of both houses of Congress … In a set of talking points sent to his supporters Sunday morning, Mr. Trump’s campaign urged them to attack turncoat Republicans.
I am actually glad that Trump is refusing to withdraw from the election. I am not sure how that scenario would play out if Pence were the name on the ballot for president, but I think that some of the fence-sitters might find the calmer, less obnoxious Pence to be a more palatable choice. On the other hand, some of Trump’s current supporters might bail if their ‘hero’ was no longer on the ballot. Who knows?
My take is this: any woman who would still vote for Trump has no self-esteem. Trump obviously views all women as nothing more than sex objects put on this earth to give him pleasure. He does not respect women. He does not believe that women are qualified for anything more than a romp in the hay. Even his current wife, Melania, said she was offended by his words, but that he had apologized to her and she forgave him. But of course she forgives him … she likes her lifestyle more than she respects herself. And any man who would vote for Trump apparently believes that Trump’s words, spoken a short 11 years ago, are okay, thus they would identify with him, and I have no use for anybody who thinks like that, male or female. Some have tried to brush off the video, saying it was nothing more or less than “locker room talk”. Included in that number is none other than the UK’s own Nigel Farage. Mr. Farage has come onto my radar as a potential Idiot of the Week candidate a few times in recent months, but now I am convinced he has earned the award. Mr. Farage said, “There’s an honesty about Trump – he is what he is. And you know what, he’s not running to be Pope, he’s running to be President – every human being has flaws, and if his flaws are out there.”
It is really too bad that the 2nd debate followed so quickly on the heels of the video release, drawing some of the attention and outrage away from Trump’s lurid remarks. However, I do not imagine anybody who saw the video will ever forget it. While a number of trumpeters are still blowing their hot air into their horns, I seriously think some will be offended enough to throw down their trumpets in disgust. The RCP aggregate of polls has Hillary Clinton now 5.8 points above Trump, up from 4.9 this morning and 3.9 on Friday. Let us hope that there is momentum behind this trend that can be sustained for another month!
In my next post, I will comment on the debate. I did not watch it, and have not yet read the transcript, but from everything I hear, it was not a debate, but more of a mud-fest. Nonetheless, I will write about it for tomorrow’s a.m. post, so please stay tuned!